Thursday, September 12, 2013

Homeslice

Location: 938 W Webster
Cost: About $20 per person

I lived in Lincoln Park for the past four years before moving to River North to be closer to work and cut down on my commute. During those four years, whether going on a jog down Webster or stopping in at one of those junky bars like State or McGees, I would always pass this empty joint on the corner of Bissel. Of course once I move away, they turn the place into a pretty cool looking pizza spot, Homeslice. Jenny wanted to get some pizza the other night and we ended up there. For the record, I was making a push to go to Chicago's Pizza and Oven Grinder's, but she was having none of that.

Logistics
I don't understand the decor of Homeslice. Everything has this trendy log cabin feel. We got sat at one of the large communal tables in the middle, but it wasn't like we were right on top of the other groups nearby. Given that I look stupid when I'm taking pictures of the food, I usually prefer to be as far away from other people as possible. On the other hand, there was no wait, so whatever. They also have this pretty cool back patio that I would recommend you check out. It was 90 degrees out when we went though, so we took a pass.

Our waitress was way too nice (in kind of a creepy way), but that's just me being judgmental. The food took a little while to come out. Also, we asked for some alterations to our salad that didn't happen, but she was so nice, I didn't want to make a fuss. The prices are very reasonable. The salads (which are enough for 3 people for an app) are like $6. The pizzas come in all different shapes and prices, but a personal one is around $12.

The Food
We started with the Sheffield Salad: mixed greens with avocado, bacon, poppy seed dressing, red onions, and gorgonzola. It was light and refreshing (not to mention that Jenny let me have all of the bacon). Again, for $6, it's a great way to start off.

The Sheffield Salad

Then we split the Miller White Pizza and the Funky McChicken. In general, the crust has a nice chewiness and a little burn from the oven. It's not particularly sweet, and the dough felt a bit dry in my mouth. The Funky McChicken had chicken, bacon, spinach, onions, garlic, tomatoes, cream cheese, mozzarella, and provolone. It was probably two ingredients too many. Plus, the tomatoes were chopped up finely and placed on top, which meant that they all fell off with any manipulation of he slice at all. I liked the Miller White a little more. That had tomatoes, artichokes, feta, mozzarella, and provolone. The flavor profile was more manageable, and the sun dried tomatoes had a nice zing.

The Funky McChicken

The Miller White

Overall
Homeslice was pretty good. There are a ton of thin crust options in Chicago now, setting a pretty high standard. I'd say that Homeslice is somewhere in the middle of places I've been. I really want to go back and sit on the patio out back. I'm giving them 2 out of 5 Pearls.

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